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On August 25th, 1944 Paris was liberated
by Allied forces after four years of Nazi
In 1825, Uruguay declared independence from
In 1875, Captain
Matthew Webb became the first person to swim
across the English Channel, getting from Dover,
England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.
philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (died in Weimar,
In 1916, the
National Park Service was established within the
Department of the Interior.
In 1921, the
United States signed a peace treaty with Germany.
In 1944, Romania
declared war on Germany.
In 1950, President
Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the
nation's railroads to avert a strike.
In 1980, the
Broadway musical "42nd Street" opened.
(Producer David Merrick stunned both cast and
audience during the curtain call by announcing
that the show's director, Gower Champion, had
died earlier that day.)
In 1985, Samantha
Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V.
Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the
Soviet Union, died with her father in a plane
crash in Maine.
In 1998, retired
Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell died in
Richmond, Virginia, at age 90.
Ten years ago: The
United Nations gave the world's navies the right
to use force to stop vessels trading with Iraq.
Five years ago:
Chinese-American human rights activist Harry Wu,
safely back on US soil after two months in
Chinese detention, said the spying case against
him was "all lies," and vowed to seek
compensation from China.
One year ago: The
FBI, reversing itself after six years, admitted
that its agents might have fired some potentially
flammable tear gas canisters on the final day of
the 1993 standoff with the Branch Davidians near
Waco, Texas, but said it continued to believe law
enforcement agents did not start the fire which
engulfed the cult's compound.
"The final lesson of
history: `Let's never go back there again!"'
Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher